30 June 2014

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: JUNE 2014


This may just be me, but I can’t seem to recall a year in my life speeding through as fast at 2014. Monthly favourites have landed again ,June has been strange in the way that I have purchased some amazing new products but my favourites this month have been old timers.

The Hair: I have long since been a fan of the Provoke ‘Touch of Silver’ brightening shampoo as no other drugstore toner works quite as effective as this one does.
I have been using a pea size amount of this in with my everyday shampoo the John Frieda ‘Go Blonder’ and I have noticed not only is my blonde super refreshed but my roots look  more blended and toned also.

The Face: This may be of no surprise to you to see Mac - Mineralize Skin Finish in ‘Soft and Gentle’ in Junes monthly favourites as I can 100% say that it is worth every penny of the £22 price tag to buy this. If you want to read more about my thoughts on it, check out [THIS POST]

The Teeth: Although I have my teeth whitened, I drink a hell of a lot of tea and my teeth over time can become very stained. I like to use this Oral B ’3D white’ toothpaste twice a day as it is a real stain buster and makes your teeth super, super sparkly and white within two days. 

The Hair: Two haircare loves in one month? Naughty, I know but I just had to include the Vo5 ‘Smoothly does it’ heat protectant, anti frizz serum. I find that my hair doesn’t last frizz free for as long if I use anything else. I have a post all about this [HERE]

The Lips: For the longest time I have been ‘off’ lipgloss. The stickyness, the gloop, the high shine finish just wasn’t for me until I rediscovered this little beauty from Barry M. The muted ‘your lips but better’ shade is the perfect nude, the finish is no sticky, smooth and conditioning I love to wear this on a day to day basis.

Which products have you been loving this month?
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23 June 2014

THE MAKE-UP: MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH IN 'SOFT AND GENTLE'




A few years ago when this blogging malarkey was merely a sparkle in our eyes and nowhere near as crazy as it is now, there was one product in particular that was the ‘collection ‘lasting perfection concealer’ of its day.
Allow me to reintroduce you all to ‘Soft and Gentle’ - a mineralise skin finish from MAC.

I missed the boat the first time around and never gave the product any more thought until now.
After having a little browse at the MAC counter based in Liverpool’s  Harvey Nicholls ‘beauty bazaar’ the make-up artist applied a little ‘soft and gentle’ to my cheek bones.

The product is essentially a highlighter, but a beautiful one at that it gives you a healthy glow that makes you look dewy and radiant.

I like to apply the powder with a large fan brush concentrating some product under the arch of my brow also.

At over £20 it is an expensive treat but as a budget beauty lover I do believe it is worth it, I haven’t come across any drugstore alternative to ‘Soft and Gentle’ and some of my fellow #bbloggers have informed me that they haven’t hit pan or even made a dent in the product even after a year! 

Have you ever tried Soft and Gentle?



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19 June 2014

THE HAIR: HENNA AND PLACENTA


I bought this brown packet of super strength 'Henna 'n' Placenta' for £1 at a cosmetics store in Liverpool city centre.

I was sucked in by the promises of the product working miracles on extremley damaged hair
like my own.

Last week I decided to give it a go now, i'm not sure what the product means by 'placenta' and the only information I could find was that it contains placenta extract which is apparently amazing for restoring lustre, shine and life into hair.

The product itself is very runny and is applied to washed, towel dry hair.
I wrapped my hair in a plastic bag and as instructed on the packet - applied a little heat for 5 minutes.

I left the treatment on for 40 minutes before rinsing and oh my gosh this stuff is ah-mazing!
I knew that it has worked wonders when I started to blow dry my hair and the brush ran through my hair with no problems.
The real amazingness appeared when my hair was completely dry, I couldn't get over how soft, silky and healthy my hair felt and looked.

I loved the effects so much that I went back and bought another five packets to try once, weekly treatments.
Even after washing and conditioning my hair as normal my hair still feels amazingly nourished I still can't believe it.

Have you ever tried Henna 'n' Placenta on your hair?
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15 June 2014

THE WEEK #24

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie Goodbye second year room | This wasn't lucky | Drinks with Peter | Hannah's bar Liverpool | My new room at my parents' house | Kazimier Gardens - Liverpool | Lasagne for tea | MAC goodies | Rookie error

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This week has been another hectic week and aside from working a fair amount I also had plenty of time left for fun to celebrate the end of my time in Liverpool this summer.

On Tuesday I was rather unlucky as a seagull decided to do something horrible all down my work uniform, my head and my hands, I put numbers into the Euromillions lottery draw but to no avail!

This week I said goodbye to my best friends in Liverpool until September which was quite sad but also really lovely, we had drinks in Hannah's bar and my favourite garden hangout Kazimeir Garden.

 I also went a little crazy in MAC (a haul will be appearing sometime next week) and then burnt myself to a crisp on top of Liverpool One in the sunshine.

Yesterday I made my way back to my parents' house where I had the joy of unpacking all of my stuff - living out of boxes is no fun at all.
However, it has inspired me to write a 'what's on my clothing rail?' post as I love
Is this something that you would like to see? 
Let me know in the comments below.

'Until next week.



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13 June 2014

THE HAIR: NICKY CLARKE STRAIGHTENERS



Hair straighteners have come along way since my first ever pair that would use boiling water and steam to create something that resembled 'straight' hair.

My second pair of straighteners were by Nicky Clarke which were very high tech compared to the steam powered Carmen Girls pair that I owned.

After becoming sucked into the ghd fad at 13/14 years old I neglected my Nicky Clarke's however, the tables have now turned.

After an incident involving my third pair of ghd's refusing to switch on - the lovely team at Nicky Clarke were my ultimate hair heroes.

They kindly treated me to the Wide Plate Straighteners* which are ideal for people with super curly, long or thick hair.
Now I know that you are probably thinking, 'Hollie you have neither of those hair types' and you would be correct however, My shorter hair can be straightened within a mere five seconds by using these beauties due to the thick plates that capture my entire head of hair.

 I also love  the ceramic plates which with the aid of my Nicky Clarke 'Smooth it over' lotion help keep unruly frizz at bay and leave my hair super shiny, sleek and of course straight.

Have you ever tried anything from Nicky Clarke?
You can purchase the wide plate straighteners from Argos



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7 June 2014

THE LUNCH DATE: UNIT 51 - LIVERPOOL


Lunch dates are my favourites, I love filling up the hours in the middle of the day with good food and the chance to catch up with someone lovely.
Last week, that lovely person was my friend Lauren who writes a travel blog that you can find HERE.

 

After being terribly indecisive, we decided to act upon Lauren's recommendation of a lunch date 

Nestled within Liverpool's creative quarter Unit 51 is one of those simple places that has a quirky atmosphere with zero pomp.
What I liked about this place was its strong feeling for supporting local, independent businesses.

The space also invites artists to display their work and hosts regular events such as film nights and wine tasting sessions.


Lauren highly recommended the food so I found myself ordering a deli bagel which I have to say was the nicest deli style sandwich I have ever eaten.
I paired it with a berry and soy smoothie which was unbelievably fruity but has to be ordered with a glass of water as it contains a fair amount of seeds.
Nobody wants the awkward seed in tooth situation going on.
Lauren opted for an equally delicious red pepper and humous ciabatta with a honey, oat and banana smoothie.

The food is generously portioned and reasonably priced for the quality and amount that you receive and the service was excellent.

Well worth a visit if you are ever around the baltic triangle in Liverpool.

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5 June 2014

MY SECOND YEAR OF UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE


Time has flown by SO quickly that I can't believe that I am already writing about my second year experience.

If you want to whizz back to my fresher year you can by clicking HERE.
But if you want to stay here and find out what happened this year, then continue reading.

My second year has really been a tale of two halves.
The first semester was a challenge.
I do have to point out though that during my first semester I lost my beloved Grandpa and I was still in a long distance relationship that sucked the life out of me and the reason why I didn't like being away in Liverpool. 
You can read more about that HERE.
However, the second semester has been amazing and reminded me why I actually came to university. FINALLY I have thoroughly enjoyed being in Liverpool and experiencing everything the city has to offer.

Grab yourself a brew, this is a long one!

-The Course-

For anybody who has just landed on this post, I study journalism at Liverpool John Moore's university.
Last year we were warned that we would feel the pinch of the difficulty step up from first year to second year but I can tell you that personally, I didn't.

Second year journalism was just different.
I wouldn't say that it was any harder but the content was new and challenging.

This year we studied broadcast journalism, print and online journalism, UK politics, UK law and ethics and content generation.
Aside from law and politics I loved all of the other modules which is why on the university side of things I much preferred this year.

There is a bit of a teeth clenching story to be told from this year and it is one of those stories that tutors tell you about and you mentally hope that it never, ever happens to you.
The worst possible thing that could ever happen to a television student did indeed happen to me and a fellow class mate.
We were filming a catwalk, fashion show for a news bulletin and the super, super, super expensive, Sony z1 camera we were using, fell off it's tripod and smashed into pieces on the floor.
Imagine explaining that to your tutor the next day.

I am a very practical, hands on person over being an academic so I lagged a little on the hardcore essays and exams but I loved the radio and television production and the online content creating.
This year on the journalism side of things has been a treat and reminded me why I wanted to study journalism in the first place.


-The Life-

My living arrangements were again, interesting this year and in all honesty it wasn't the best for anybody, which after the saga in my first year and a feeling of discontent this year also, I decided that enough was really enough with living with people that I didn't really know and why I decided that for my third year I wanted to have a flat of my own.

My own living room, my own kitchen and my own bathroom so that non of the drama and upset linked with sharing a social space would occur.

Happy days!
I cannot wait to kit my own place out and just enjoy not having to worry about noise, who is taking the bin out or who hadn't washed their pots.

Socially, semester two has been amazing.
When I returned to Liverpool in 2014 my whole university experience turned around and I have had a blast which makes me so excited for third year because I think that I have finally found my place at uni now.
I got myself a job at the students union this year which I think helped enormously in me settling in and being happier, I love being a receptionist - who doesn't love a good reason to show off their telephone voice!

This year I also found a really, really amazing group of friends which I realise now could never happen before when I was whizzing off to London every two minutes. 

Second year has been so good and I am really looking forward to September to kick off my final year, how mad is that, the end is in sight!





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3 June 2014

THE MAKE-UP: MAYBELLINE COLOUR TATTOO IN 'ON AND ON BRONZE'


After noticing a considerable amount of raving reviews regarding the Maybelline 'Colour Tattoo' cream eye shadows, I decided to invest in one to see if they really are as good as a lot of people say.

I decided to try the shade 'On and on bronze' as it sits within the colour palette that I like to wear on my eyes.


For this eye make-up look I used 'On and on bronze' all over the lid paired with
'Toasted' from the Urban Decay - Naked Palette #1 as both shades compliment one another, being warm toned.

The gel consistency of the Colour Tattoo is lovely and creamy and easy to apply with a flat, synthetic shadow brush. 
I love how the pigmentation looks wet when it is actually completely dry and the staying power is amazing this eye shadow is marketed as 24 hour wear and that it is.
The shadow doesn't budge at all once it is applied and better still, zero creasing. I do have to say though that it takes a rigorous cleanse to remove the product from the eye completely.

I am really, really impressed with this product and I will certainly be purchasing other shades as for £4.99 you get a generous amount of product to work with.

Have you tried the Colour Tattoos? 

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